Kondura Technologies is a privately owned small business that was established by Craven Coetzee in 1998. He was the sole member of the original Closed Corporation and had been involved in a few other I.T. ventures with the name “Kondura” used prior to this. He has over 30 years of exposure to computers and over 25 years of exposure to the corporate ICT industry including sectors of finance, legal, retail and manufacturing.
From 1987 to 1996, he designed and sold several projects through custom-written computer programming in some of the earliest database management systems. This company was a sole proprietry that traded as “Kondura Software Development”. Projects included work in C (on a SCO Unix system), Clipper, dBase, FoxPro, Clarion, Visual Basic as well as working on and maintaining early Networks such as LANtastic, SCO Unix & Novell. In the early 1990’s he travelled to the UK and US for a few months attempting to sell a “meal-booking” project he developed for universities in Clipper and C as well as participated as a salesperson by then contract-employer John Cupido to assist with sales/marketing at the Atlanta Boat Show in the mid-90’s. These skills all made his focus drift more towards “people”, “customer service” and “solutions”.
After moving to Port Elizabeth from East London in mid-1996, he was employed by Compustat, a prominent ICT service provider at the time as a Senior Technical Consultant to service, manage and support some of their larger corporate customers, Cadbury’s & Good Year to mention but a few. After Compustat was sold to new owners, he decided to launch a new venture, initially supporting a niche in the attorney market, but then later branching out to other corporate customers. He was involved, behind-the-scenes, in several high profile legal cases (even on a national level) with data recovery and forensic investigations.
The company has grown from strength-to-strength and is now one of the most respected small, medium enterprise I.T. support companies in Port Elizabeth today. When other I.T. firms can’t solve a problem, they come to us.
The name “Kondura” and circular “hurricane” logo symbol was independently discovered and created by him that he started to use as a young teenager dabbling in early programming languages (GW Basic, Assembler & C). He wished to have a unique name for his programming projects. The original symbol was a hurricane in a circle symbolising “containing chaos and the bringing control out of chaos” In 2002, this company logo was later updated to the the modern-looking and more letterhead-friendly “K” symbol. The original symbol is still used in certain other businesses and projects.
Apparently Kondura means “awakening” or “discovering oneself”. This description/translation only came to light only in about 1994 or so once the internet became more popular in South Africa and found that “Kondura”, an Indian film exists that was released in 1978 dealing with a young man’s “awakening”.
In early 2015, with his new premises and more SLA-focused business philosophy, Craven Coetzee began shifting responsibility and management of his sites to his most trusted employees with plans to step back from management of the company to focus on a new, more versatile skillset with the goal of taking a sabbatical as he had not taken a single days leave in over twenty years as manager of KONDURA TECHNOLOGIES CC.
By 2017, he had streamlined the business with such effective procedures and policies in place – to the point that he was mostly just handling minor issues and putting out fires while furthering his studies. He realized, however, that an expansion of services was necessary as the single-focus IT support and sales was being slowly destroyed by Government-imposed BB-BEE obstacles to growth.
All KONDURA TECHNOLOGIES customers traditionally have minimal downtime and service interruptions compared to competitors. In over twenty years, not a single customer has lost data if it was under the supervision of a KONDURA TECHNOLOGIES Service Level Agreement.
After unsuccessfully trying a merger with almost every local IT support firm in Port Elizabeth and found their skills and procedures either grossly inadequate or incompatible with KONDURA TECHNOLOGIES service delivery and procedures philosophy, and searching for over three years to find a manager with management and IT skills to support his staff and clients, effective the 15th January 2018, Claude Botha from Jocote Technologies (Pty) Ltd. in East London, an individual that KONDURA had worked on many successful projects and “client-share” projects finally joined forces with Craven Coetzee to continue and bring new services to the business.
To simplify integration of staff and services, it was decided that Claude Botha would purchase the business (excluding the CC) as a “going concern” retaining all KONDURA Technical staff and assuming the ongoing obligations, responsibilities to SLA customers and clients of KONDURA TECHNOLOGIES CC with Craven Coetzee acting as a consultant to the new company – stepping back from management responsibilities to focus on his studies and assisting as needed.
It was a “joining of forces”, but as KONDURA TECHNOLOGIES CC had some unresolved (back-log) of audit queries and Craven Coetzee was 100% member of the CC and Claude did not wish to be part of the existing Closed Corporation and assume any of his liabilities or previous contracts, a entirely new company was launched, namely Jocote Technologies (Pty) Ltd. T/A KONDURA TECHNOLOGIES with Claude Botha as the director and Craven Coetzee as consultant for the new company.
It is “business as usual” with new services coming to existing customers. Claude Botha is moving his entire family down to Port Elizabeth, has already put skilled support and managers in charge of his East London operation and intends commuting between branches and spreading the Jocote/Kondura philosophy of support throughout Port Elizabeth and then nationally.
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On 15th Feb 2018, Craven Coetzee announced that he just didn’t feel comfortable living in South Africa any longer citing violence, rising crime, taxes and political uncertainty. CLICK HERE for link.